Paul Braddon has seen many of his dogs score wins at Dawson Park but he took special satisfaction from seeing Marbo’s Magic claim victory on Thursday.
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Previously one of the stars of Braddon’s talent-laden kennels at Cowra, Marbo’s Magic made the move to Victoria after scoring stunning wins in Cup events at Maitland and Temora, just to name two.
But he failed to settle south of the border and then he had a number of injury troubles so he returned back home.
On Thursday afternoon he showed he still has plenty of talent, powering to an impressive two-and-three-quarter length win in a hot Banjo Boy at Stud Stakes (400m).
“He’s had a few injuries troubles and I’ve had to tape up his wrists but hopefully he’s holding up keeps racing because he’s been a good dog,” Braddon said.
“They made him work for it, that number one was under him but he came away and beat it.”
The number one was Baracca Keeping, trained locally by Shayne Stiff, and it jumped a $5 chance behind the $2.10 favourite of Braddon’s.
Marbo’s Magic wasn’t Braddon’s only chance in the race, with Hope’s A Chance ($8) jumping from box three.
But it was Baracca Keeping who got away the best while Braddon’s pair jostled for position ahead of Irinka Alf ($35.40).
Marbo’s Magic moved around the outside and got in front at the top of the bend and from there he streaked to victory in a time of 22.93 seconds while Hope’s A Chance was second and Cicatriz ($27.10) moved late to steal third.
“That’s only the third start I’ve given him (since his return) and he’s won two,” he said. “While he keeps sound I’ll keep trying to win races with him and I might try for a bit further with him in the next few months.”
Braddon’s win was followed by victory to Graham Novley and May Tell in the Entry Sunday 25th to Ryan Medley Appeal Stakes (318m).
May Tell was bought as a Christmas present for Novley from his wife and has found top form recently, having now scored three wins and three placings in his past six starts.
“She’s very consistent and she’s been going really well,” he said.
“I gave her a couple of weeks off and she freshened up beautifully.
“She loves it here over 318m and she’s a handy bitch without being over the top. She’s pretty fast early and begins well any box, she’s a ready-made sprinter.”
May Tell ($2.90) got home ahead of Bow Tye ($17.60) and Mr. Blake Us ($2.20).
Meanwhile, on Sunday wins continued for Braddon dogs at Dawson Park with Zoie Willow passing the post first in the Online Auction For Ryan Stakes (400m).
Trained by Pamela, Zoie Willow pinged to the lead from box five and showed superior speed to register a five-and-three-quarter length winning margin, edging out Old Mate Molly and Billy Brass.
The time recorded was 22.93s, the best of the night over the distance.
The result marks Zoie Willow’s second victory of a six start career.
The Spring Gun x Willow Blaze bitch is yet to draw box one or two.
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